2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (As of 1-1-11)
|1||Status quo, still, again. LB Shazier was a nice Christmas gift.||8||A busy December catapults the Illini.|
|2||Hops over Nebraska with a solid December.||9||Decent month.|
|3||Two decommits in December.||10||Has been sinking like a stone recently.|
|4||Up one spot for the second straight month.||11||Out of the cellar. Zettel was a big get.|
|5||A good month amid much turmoil.||12||Holding at #12.|
|6||An 11-1 season is doing well for them.||13||Had a decent December, but not much quality.|
|7||Slow month for Sparty.|
December was a rather busy month recruiting wise in the Big Ten, with Illinois leading the way. The Illini had their best month recruiting so far, as The Fighting Zookers gained verbal commits from eight prospects. Athlete Dondi Kirby is the highest rated of the six and will end up somewhere in the Illini defensive backfield. Standing 6’3”, Kirby actually has decent skills at the corner position although most project him as a safety. He is a very aggressive tackler who does a great job in run support. Dondi did not play during the 2010 season because of a torn ACL. He also had offers from Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and USC among others. Patrick Flavin was another big get for Illinois. Having offers from schools such as Cal, Boston College, Iowa and Oregon, Falvin is a perfect offensive lineman for the Illini offense. He is pretty quick, has good feet and can get to the second level very well. Patrick will need a redshirt to fill out, but he should be a constant on the o-line for years to come. Athlete Matt LaCosse is a very versatile athlete who could play either quarterback or tight end. He will more than likely play tight end in Champaign. At 6’6” 220lbs and running a 4.6, LaCosse will be a nightmare matchup for any linebacker or safety. The former Minnesota verbal also has offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis and Purdue among others. Illinois also received verbals from linebacker Ralph Cooper, safety Nick North, wide outs Kenny Knight and Jeremy Whitlow and defensive ends Kenny Nelson and Emmanuel Bawa.
After nearly three months, Minnesota received a slew of verbals in December. Eight prospects gave new coach Jerry Kill verbal pledges during the past month. Coach Kill is going the JC and prep school route, making it clear that the Gophers want to get players in that can see the field quickly. The two most likely to step in right away are big wide out Ge’Shun Harris and super speedy and aggressive safety Drayquan Crawford.